Interaction between disinhibition and restraint: implications for body weight and eating disturbance

E. J. Bryant, Kirsty Kiezebrink, N. A. King, John E. Blundell

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An increase in obesity is usually accompanied by an increase in eating disturbances. Susceptibility to these states may arise from different combinations of underlying traits: Three Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ) Restraint and Disinhibition. Two studies were conducted to examine the interaction between these traits; one on-line study (n=351) and one laboratory-based study (n=120). Participants completed a battery of questionnaires and provided self-report measures of body weight and physical activity. A combination of high Disinhibition and high Restraint was associated with a problematic eating behaviour profile (EAT-26), and a higher rate of smoking and alcohol consumption. A combination of high Disinhibition and low Restraint was associated with a higher susceptibility to weight gain and a higher sedentary behaviour. These data show that different combinations of Disinhibition and Restraint are associated with distinct weight and behaviour outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E43-E51
Number of pages9
JournalEating and Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia Bulimia and Obesity
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


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